It contains my story "Mid-life Crisis".
What a great way to end the year!
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and your pants are missing
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In fact, it is totally possible to support the WikiLeaks project and to think that the international response to Assange and the project is thoroughly fucked up and to think we should withhold judgment on whether or not Assange is actually a rapist and also to think that we should withhold judgment on whether the women are lying, and to not discredit the women involved, and to not create a hostile climate for rape survivors, and to not play into every tired old stereotype about women and rape. Seriously, we can chew gum and walk at the same time.Jessica Valenti was another to be disappointed in Wolf's stance with "Naomi Wolf really needs to read the internet"
The assertion that violence is an appropriate response to harassment is made by people (usually men) who make it explicitly because they are auditing the responses of people who are harassed (usually women) and find them lacking.
This kind of social pressure works because, at the end of the day, most trolls wouldn’t have the gall to say to another person’s face half the things they anonymously post on the Internet.
trend pieces like the Times article so often rely on the account of the group of people -- most often women -- who are loveless-and-looking. Needless to say, we aren't always accurate in our own evaluations of why others aren't interested in us.
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apparently my characters are tokens, just how the disabled queers and trans POC in my life aren't really real because that's TOO MANY THINGSWriters are told to create multi-dimensional characters so that they are believable, so that they drive the story, so that the reader understands their motivation.
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Women are actually not a minority in fantasy fiction, even if they are regularly treated/discussed as if they are. A women’s only issue appears to be addressing the problem, while not actually making any changes that will have a long term effect on the gender balance of the magazine.I agree with Tansy when she says women's fantasy fiction needs to be celebrated, but as she says a women's only issue is "the very definition of tokenism" if editors and publishers are not willing to address the underlying issues of representation. She offers some good advice on how do this, and it's so simple it's stupid:
If you’re going to bring affirmative action in to try to change the diversity levels and particularly the gender balance of your magazine, then trying to regularly publish a 40-50% balance of female authors would be a far more useful contribution.Alisa Krasnostein - whose blog I seem to end up at more and more these days - says in "The latest in female presence in SF ToCs":
[The all women's issue] not only acknowledges that you have a problem, but it seeks out not to address the why, not even to address if it is somehow to do with how the editor reads and selects stories.It's a matter of re-educating yourself past your comfort level and privilege, which requires listening to women, and female identifiers and allies, about their experiences. As Krasnostein says:
I just don't seem to have a problem with the gender balance thing. And I don't specifically slush for it.Some people may (and did!) cry "Reverse Sexism!". Cat Valente said in "All Girl Action":
I feel certain that there have been all male issues without calling them THE ALL DUDE REVUE.Here's the thing about an -ism: it requires a certain privilege and power to perpetrate that -ism. For the marginalized to be told they're abusing a power and privilege they don't have is laughable - It shows bad faith that you would throw back in the face of those attempting to deal with their marginalization as a way to divert attention from yourself.